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BuCor eyes release of up to 700 PDLs before year ends

MANILA – Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officer-in-charge Gregorio Pio Catapang on Wednesday said the agency is working overtime to grant executive clemency to around 700 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) before the end of the year.“Estimate po namin ay 300 to 500; ano po iyon, medyo... Read More

Gov’t urged to prioritize wage hikes, jobs creation

MANILA – Senator Risa Hontiveros on Wednesday asked Malacanang to make labor policies that would respond to the growing clamor of workers for wage hikes and more stable jobs.Hontiveros said serious government interventions are needed to address the growing concerns of the public amid the... Read More

House bicam panel to push for NTF-ELCAC 2023 budget restoration

MANILA – House appropriations committee chair and Ako Party-list Representative Zaldy Co on Wednesday committed to help restore the 2023 budget of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) which was earlier slashed by the Senate and House of Representatives.In a... Read More

PNP to beef up efforts vs. transnational crimes

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday said it will beef up efforts to help the international police community in its campaign against transnational crimes.PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. made this assurance as head of the country's delegation to the 17th Annual... Read More

BI, airport officers to probe use of fake access passes

MANILA – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday said it would coordinate with the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) for a thorough investigation into the rise in human trafficking attempts involving fake travel documents, including airport entry passes.Commissioner Norman... Read More

4 notorious robbery gang members fall in Taguig

MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge, Lt. Gen. Rhodel Sermonia, on Wednesday lauded the Police Regional Office in Calabarzon (PRO 4A) for the arrest of four members of a notorious robbery-hold up gang operating in Calabarzon and National Capital Region (NCR).Sermonia... Read More

Probe urged on implementation of PH Qualifications Framework law

MANILA – Senator Sherwin Gatchalian wants to investigate the failure in implementation of Republic Act No. 10968, or the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF) Act, which aims to make Filipinos more competitive and employable.In his proposed Senate Resolution No. 15 seeking an inquiry of... Read More

Manila residents to get Christmas gift packs starting Dec. 1

MANILA – The Manila City government will start the distribution of gift boxes to residents for the holiday season on Thursday.This came after Mayor Honey Lacuna and Vice Mayor Yul Servo on Wednesday inspected the noche buena food boxes to be given to Manileños.The inspection of... Read More

PBBM earns approval, trust of majority of Pinoys: poll

MANILA – The majority of Filipinos have expressed appreciation over the work performance of and have given their trust in President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., according to OCTA Research's latest survey.OCTA Research, in its Tugon ng Masa poll conducted from October 23 to 27, found that 78... Read More

Marcos gov't committed to protecting journos' rights

MANILA – The Marcos administration is putting a premium on the safety and welfare of media workers in the country, the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) said on Wednesday.The assurance was made during the recent participation of lawyer Perry Solis, officer-in-charge of the... Read More

'Register anywhere' project to kick off in 5 NCR malls: Comelec

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday announced that the Register Anywhere Project (RAP) pilot test would be held in five malls in Metro Manila starting next month.In a statement, Comelec spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said the initial test would be held in SM Fairview... Read More

CTA affirms Toyota’s P144-M tax refund

MANILA – The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) en banc has affirmed a judgment for a PHP144.13 million tax refund for Toyota Motor Philippines Corp.In its Nov. 4 decision published online Wednesday, the tax court dismissed the petition for review filed by the Bureau of Customs in March 2021... Read More

CSC kicks off 'green revolution' on Bonifacio Day

MANILA – To show its love for the country and the environment, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) has kicked off its “Green Revolution”, a tree-planting project to also mark the 159th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, the “Father of the Philippine Revolution," on Nov.... Read More

Novaliches folks offer flowers to mark Bonifacio's 159th birthday

MANILA – The people of Novaliches in Quezon City and Caloocan City celebrated the 159th birth anniversary of Katipunan founder Andres Bonifacio with floral offerings at his monument at Plaza Novaliches along Quirino Highway on Wednesday morning.The celebration was sponsored by the Knights of... Read More

Solon cites ARTA’s measures to address logistics issues

MANILA – Northern Samar Rep. Paul Daza has lauded the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) and partner agencies for implementing reform initiatives geared towards improving the ease of doing business in the country, particularly in terms of logistics management and operations.In his keynote address... Read More

Hiring of Pinoy nurses ongoing in Canada's Saskatchewan province

MANILA – An entry-level salary of 74,000 Canadian dollars (around PHP3 million) per year awaits Filipino nurses in Canada's Saskatchewan province as it turns to southeast Asia, including the Philippines to boost its health care workforce.In an interview Tuesday night, visiting Saskatchewan... Read More

P320-M jackpot prize awaits winner of Dec. 2 Ultra Lotto draw

MANILA – The Ultra Lotto 6/58 jackpot is expected to soar to a whopping PHP320 million by the next draw on Friday night, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said Wednesday.In an advisory, the agency said nobody bagged the PHP304.9 million jackpot from Tuesday night's draw that... Read More

China looks at Ilocos Norte as potential investment destination

MANILA – Chinese enterprises are looking at Ilocos Norte as an investment destination.During the Chinese Enterprises Philippine Association (CEPA) and Ilocos Norte Investment Conference on Tuesday, Ambassador Huang Xilian said he visited the province and saw the "tremendous potentials" it... Read More

Be 'best version' of yourself like Bonifacio, PBBM urges Pinoys

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Wednesday urged Filipinos to honor Andres Bonifacio's heroism by becoming the "best version" of themselves and imbibing the values of selflessness and patriotism for the country's development.In a speech delivered during the commemoration of... Read More

Rains over parts of PH due to ITCZ

MANILA – Some areas in the country will experience scattered rain showers and thunderstorms due to the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), the weather bureau said Wednesday.The Caraga and Davao regions and the Leyte provinces may experience flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at... Read More